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Help is available for people across Argyll and Bute who are struggling to access food and heat their homes.
The Flexible Food Fund has helped 550 households access £760,000 of benefit income fuel debt relief since January 2021, with an average financial gain of £1,385 per household.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the project allows Argyll and Bute Council’s benefit team to work with third sector partners including Bute Advice Centre, ALIenergy and foodbanks, to support people who are struggling for money to cover food and fuel costs.
To apply applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 16 years +
- Live in Argyll and Bute
- Receiving benefits or earning a low income
- No savings
If you qualify for support, you will receive payment and a referral to Bute Advice Centre. The centre will review your income to help maximise your benefit entitlement and identify any other help available.
The amount of the grant paid is dependent on the number of people in your household and ranges from £80 per single adult household to £530 per a couple with five children.
If you urgently need help, submit a claim form available on the council website at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/forms/flexible-food-fund or contact Bute Advice Centre on 01700 502784.
To find out more, there will be a series of pop-up events taking place over the coming months. Look out for more information, including venues, on council and partner websites and across social media.
Upcoming events include:
- Mull & Iona – September 6-7
- Oban, Tiree & Coll, September 29-October 1
- Colonsay, October 4
- Kintyre, October 12
The Flexible Food Fund project is shortlisted for a National Performance Award in the Excellence in Innovation category, as part pf the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV) Awards.